For 22 years, the Junior Woman’s Club of Jefferson Township’s has hosted WROBO 5K Run/Walk race. The run was established to honor Oak Ridge resident Second Lieutenant John Thomas “J.T.” Wroblewski, who succumbed to injuries sustained while battling in Ramadi, Iraq. J.T. was a lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corp. He joined the Marines only days after the 9-11 attacks, determined to make a difference. The Junior Woman’s Club has made it their mission to keep his memory alive and this annual race is one of their efforts.
Racers, spectators, and community members gathered at the Municipal Complex on Weldon Road. The beginning of the racecourse was lined with sponsored flags and a large flag was suspended from Fire Trucks from both Jefferson Township Fire Co #2 and Milton Fire Co #1. Jefferson Township Police and the Rescue Squads were also on hand.
Racers waited under the flag while participants said the Pledge of Allegianceand the Alexandra Duhaime sang the National Anthem. Then with the blast of shotgun, the racers were off.
Effects of the pandemic could be felt mildly on the event – slight changes were made to keep participants safe. Racers began at staggered intervals, food was all prepackaged, and registration was all online. There was an increase in participation this year with 30 more racers.
In addition to honoring J.T. Wroblewski, the event also raised funds for the First Responders of Jefferson Township, the Blue Star Mothers of Northern New Jersey and the JWCJT’s High School Scholarship Fund.